Both England and Scotland began strongly, England defeating the Irish at home, whilst the Scots did likewise against the Welsh in a commanding performance. England then became tournament front–runners by beating Wales away 3–2. Wales and Ireland drew 2–2 in the last game for the Welsh, a result which put both sides out of contention for tournament champion. Scotland's next match was in Ireland and the ensuing ten goal thriller made them favourites for the trophy as they put seven goals past the Irish, conceding three in return. In the final game, both England and Scotland performed strongly, but buoyed by their recent rout of the Irish in Belfast, Scotland secured the tournament with a late goal from Alec Cheyne.